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Bakersfield, California (CA) Poverty Rate Data
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14.6% of Bakersfield, CA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 19.7% greater than the poverty level of 11.8% across the entire state of California. Taking into account residents not living in families, 20.9% of high school graduates and 45.0% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 20.4% among disabled males and 24.5% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 73.7%. For comparison, it was 33.4% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Bakersfield, CA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
Bakersfield:

14.6%
Whole state:

11.8%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Bakersfield:

5.9%
Whole state:

5.2%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Bakersfield:

20.4%
California:

16.2%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 19.0% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Bakersfield:

26.0%
California:

24.6%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Bakersfield:

24.5%
California:

18.6%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 18.2% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Bakersfield:

26.5%
California:

24.3%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

73.7%
Residents above poverty level:

33.4%

Poverty by age in Bakersfield, CA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Bakersfield
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Bakersfield,CA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 19.9%Under 5 years
  • 32.8%5 years
  • 19.4%6 to 11 years
  • 17.9%12 to 14 years
  • 12.7%15 years
  • 10.5%16 and 17 years
  • 14.3%18 to 24 years
  • 7.6%25 to 34 years
  • 6.7%35 to 44 years
  • 9.8%45 to 54 years
  • 16.3%55 to 64 years
  • 6.2%65 to 74 years
  • 13.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Bakersfield
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Bakersfield,CA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 24.2%Under 5 years
  • 21.3%5 years
  • 16.4%6 to 11 years
  • 20.1%12 to 14 years
  • 21.8%15 years
  • 21.5%16 and 17 years
  • 21.5%18 to 24 years
  • 15.5%25 to 34 years
  • 18.1%35 to 44 years
  • 10.8%45 to 54 years
  • 12.5%55 to 64 years
  • 11.7%65 to 74 years
  • 14.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Bakersfield, CA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Bakersfield,CA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 11.8%Under 5 years
  • 9.3%5 years
  • 10.1%6 to 11 years
  • 9.9%12 to 14 years
  • 10.7%15 years
  • 10.3%16 and 17 years
  • 11.4%18 to 24 years
  • 8.1%25 to 34 years
  • 6.6%35 to 44 years
  • 4.4%45 to 54 years
  • 5.2%55 to 64 years
  • 3.0%65 to 74 years
  • 3.5%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Bakersfield, CA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Bakersfield, CA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Bakersfield, CA (%)
  • 8.4%White
  • 24.7%Black
  • 23.5%American Indian
  • 11.7%Asian
  • 16.7%Native Hawaiian
  • 18.5%Other race
  • 12.5%2+ races
  • 16.7%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Bakersfield, CA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Bakersfield, CA (absolute numbers)
  • 9,355White
  • 6,828Black
  • 818American Indian
  • 3,352Asian
  • 134Native Hawaiian
  • 8,451Other race
  • 1,9942+ races
  • 33,328Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 13.8%Below poverty level
  • 86.2%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 18.0%Below poverty level
  • 82.0%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Bakersfield, CA

Children below poverty level:
Bakersfield, California:

19.3%
State:

15.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Bakersfield:

20.9%
California:

18.0%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Bakersfield:

45.0%
California:

43.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 42.1%Married-couple family
  • 5.4%Male, no wife present
  • 52.5%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Bakersfield not in families by work experience
  • 2.6%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 32.1%Worked part-time
  • 65.2%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 2.1%Both worked full-time
  • 5.5%One full-time, other part-time
  • 15.4%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 14.8%Both worked part-time
  • 34.6%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 27.6%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 2.7%1999 to 2000
  • 8.4%1995 to 1998
  • 8.5%1990 to 1994
  • 18.0%1980 to 1989
  • 18.1%1970 to 1979
  • 14.4%1960 to 1969
  • 15.1%1950 to 1959
  • 7.7%1940 to 1949
  • 7.1%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 4.5%1999 to 2000
  • 13.4%1995 to 1998
  • 13.7%1990 to 1994
  • 23.5%1980 to 1989
  • 16.3%1970 to 1979
  • 11.4%1960 to 1969
  • 9.8%1950 to 1959
  • 4.0%1940 to 1949
  • 3.4%1939 or earlier
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